by Kelly Blackwell
I started out writing an article called 5 Ways For Teachers To Make A
Little Extra Money, but after I had written that article I realised I
actually knew more than five ways for teachers to make a little extra money.
So here is the sequel, Five More Ways For Teachers To Make A Little Extra
Working over the summer
One of the rewards of being a teacher is getting long summer holidays. But
unless you're very good at organising your money, those summer holidays can
sometimes end up being a bit lean. One way you can avoid this is to go out
and get a summer job.
There are many things you can do over the summer holidays in order to earn
extra money. Going back to one of my favourites - you could always teach
English at summer school.
Thousands of children go to the UK, the US, New Zealand and, Australia over
the summer holidays in order to learn English. They usually stay in
residential summer camps or in home stay situations. If you have an extra
bedroom you could host one of the students in your home. And you could also
get a job teaching English at one of the schools.
If you don't want to commit that amount of time to a summer job, you can
always offer to supervise the students on evening and weekend activities. A
few years ago I found a position where I was paid to accompany groups of
students around the UK for weekend excursions. An added benefit was that I
got to explore many interesting and historical places in the UK, all while
Perhaps you don't want to spend your summer teaching? How about escorting a
walking tour in Spain? A Cycling tour in Kazakhstan? The summer is the
height of the tourist season for Europeans, you could easily see more of the
world as a tour guide. The pay isn't great, but the side benefits are
Get an Evening Job
Teaching is a full-time job that must be done during normal working hours.
But this won't stop you from getting an evening job, or perhaps even a
weekend job. I've always taught English night classes for extra money, but
I've known other teachers who have worked in restaurants or worked in bars.
At one time, just after I moved hemispheres for the fourth time, I did
consider getting a job in a bar. I wasn't considering this for the money,
primarily. I thought it would be a great way to meet new people and get paid
at the same time.
This isn't something that I've ever tried personally, but I've known a
number of teachers who have. Multilevel marketing is a way of making money
through selling products to people you know, and also by recruiting people
into the same business.
It takes a certain personality to be successful at multilevel marketing,
from what I've seen. If you're not good at selling things to people, you
should perhaps consider one of the other money earning options I've already
Some of the multilevel marketing opportunities I've known teachers get
involved in are Avon, Amway and Nutralife.
Internet marketing is a fancy term for a phenomenon that has sprung up since
the invention of the Internet. In order to become an Internet marketer you
need an Internet connection, a computer, and some commitment.
The one thing about Internet marketing that makes it so attractive to me as
a teacher is that it fits my lifestyle. I can choose when to work, where to
work, and how many hours I want to work. Additionally, I don't have to be a
great salesperson, or become a great salesperson.
To find information on Internet marketing you can do a search in Google.
There is a mind-boggling amount of information available on the Internet on
this very subject.
Move Your Teaching Career Abroad
I briefly touched on this in my previous article 5 Ways For Teachers To Make
A Little Extra Money, and I would like to expand on it here.
I discovered through research that I could earn more money for doing the
same job if I moved overseas. In my current teaching position I get:
- a higher salary than what I earned previously
- an extra 10% to contribute to my retirement fund
- full medical insurance
- an accommodation allowance,
- a yearly bonus.
Additionally, the cost of living is lower where I now live and the school
year is 16 days shorter than in any country I've worked in previously. So I
teach less, earn more and it costs me less to live. It almost sounds too
good to be true, doesn't it? Well, it is true and it's a life I'm living.
If you're interested in earning more money for the same amount of work you
are doing now, then you should definitely look into teaching overseas.
Kick-start your international teaching career!